This week was a huge deal for college football recruits across the country, as they took part in National Signing Day and promised their blood, sweat and tears to various schools of their choice.
Powerhouses like Auburn, Ohio State and Alabama boasted some impressive acquisitions, but the hottest and most buzz-worthy recruit came from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb outside Cleveland. There, four-year-old Max Peppers signed a letter of intent with the Falcons, making him the team’s youngest recruit ever.
According to the school’s athletic department, Max visited the campus last fall when Notre Dame took on Lake Erie, and the team’s coaching staff has worked tirelessly to recruit him ever since.
The newly minted Falcon is confined to a wheelchair because of his battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.
But yesterday, no one could keep their happiness under control as Max’s new teammates gifted him an autographed football and cheered him on as he joined their ranks.
“We get to play the game we love day in and day out,” Notre Dame player Malik Grove told Fox 8 Cleveland. “And we get to work for it, and he doesn’t get the opportunity. So it makes you more grateful, take more pride in what you do.”